VOLUNTEER POSITION

Communications and Marketing Advisor

OVERVIEW

Position: Communications and Marketing Advisor

Location:  Manzini,Swaziland

Partner: Family Life Association of Swaziland (FLAS)

Starting: April 2018

Duration: 12 Months

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BACKGROUND


 

Crossroads International is an international development organization that is working towards reducing poverty and increasing women’s rights around the world. Working with local partners supported by hundreds of volunteers each year, Crossroads leverages expertise and resources, North and South, required to help people overcome poverty and assert their human rights. 

FLAS is a non-governmental organization (NGO) that has been successfully operating in the field of sexual and reproductive health in Swaziland since 1979. What’s more, it is a member of the International Planned Parenthood Federation. 

The mission of FLAS is to contribute to a country that ensures its young people enjoy good health as a fundamental right, live free from HIV/AIDS and have the confidence and capacities to make a meaningful contribution to the sustainable livelihood of self and others. FLAS believes in and advocates for the right to informed choice for all and strives to ensure that the people of Swaziland have access to information and high-quality sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services.

FLAS has very strong networks and relationships with government and funders.  FLAS is consulted as an expert on SRHR issues and is a leader in work with youth.  However, FLAS does want to scale up their advocacy with the government and reduce stigma related to SRHR with the public.  Finally, FLAS is prioritizing creating private sector connections to increase financial sustainability.  However, FLAS still needs to work in engaging the public to strengthen the image of the Association especially in providing clinical SRHR services to youth, something that is not readily accepted by Swazi in the country.  To effectively reach Swazis through all of FLAS’ channel, the organization needs to be conscious of how it communicates its goals to the Swazi general public.

Crossroads and FLAS have been working in partnership since 2010.  Crossroads support has focused mainly in the area of advocacy for equal sexual and reproductive health and rights through support in the areas of communications, campaigning, training in human rights-based approach, HRBA, and technical areas like resource mobilisation, monitoring, research and evaluation.  

POSITION DETAILS


Main responsibilities include: 

FLAS’ image

  • Assessment of FLAS’ image conducted, especially within rural regions, and report prepared summarizing findings
  • Brand re-alignment carried out  

Marketing

  • Evaluation of FLAS’ marketing strategies carried out and report prepared summarizing findings and identifying opportunities for growth
  • Existing marketing and communication tools updated to align with brand re-alignment
  • FLAS communications staff capacitated on marketing tools and strategies

Other

  • Support the development of annual planning and reporting requirements
  • Participate in FLAS cross-departmental working groups where appropriate
  • Contribute to the fundraising efforts of FLAS through leading or contributing to the design of proposals and budgets for submission to donors.

Qualification criteria for selection include:

  • Degree in communications, marketing or other relevant field
  • 2+ years’ experience in marketing and communications, preferably with experience in the non-profit sector
  • Other skill/knowledge: Wordpress, Graphic Design, experience creating and editing short videos 
  • Readiness to deal with change and sometimes challenging context
  • Ability and willingness to work in rural areas and new cultural and professional settings.
  • Strong team player yet able to work independently with minimum supervision
  • In-country experiences an asset.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada
  • Must be 19 years and older
  • Willing to conduct fundraising and public engagement activities before, during and after the placement
  • In good physical and mental health (medical examination required)
  • THE VOLUNTEER NEEDS TO BRING THEIR OWN COMPUTER (with graphic design and movie editing software would be beneficial)

 

Personalized support before, during and after the mandate provided by an experienced and welcoming team. The Crossroads' experience includes the following:

 

  • Daily living allowance (depending of the country of assignment)
  • Plane ticket and local transport
  • Medical insurance and vaccinations
  • Pre-departure training and re-orientation upon return  

 

APPLICATION

 

To apply for this position, we kindly ask that you fill out Crossroads' online application form.

Please contact our Program officer - Volunteering if you have any question: simidele@cintl.org

We thank all applicants but only those selected for interviews will be contacted.


           
 

Crossroads International gratefully acknowledges the support of: